--Jbet777 10:57, 10 Jan 2006 (PST)Nope, not the 'big cheese' at all, just a serf. Centerfielder knows the inner workings of the software and started dKosopedia up for Kos. I think many are disappointed that dKosopedia hasn't 'taken off'. I think to really be an encyclopedia of left politics, a whole lot more BASIC information needs to be inputted (drudgery!) to reach CRITICAL MASS. Not many people have the time and the perserverence to do it I suppose. But, this site has great potential. People have to want to return to the site and find use in it. It's good to have up to date info on the topic of the day like Alito, but to have an useful encyclopedia people doing searches have to find you and find info they can use that means a WIDE base, a good foundation, of progressive info. My two cents!
--Jbet777 15:47, 9 Jan 2006 (PST)Hey Corncam, I'm not sure what you're asking about the three 'running for office' pieces you put together. (That's great, by the way) I'm pretty much like you just started working on the Hawaii page and have recently started working on other state pages because no one else is and the elections are coming up. I've not put my fingers on the main page before. All I know is that the less links there are from the main page the better. Every so often some sort of spam bot (?) attacks the main page and puts unwanted links to dKosopedia articles that have links on the main page, every so often. Thus, I've cleaned off the unwanted links from various pages when I can, when I see the spam bots have left their trail in the Recent changes page. So you know as much as I do about the main page! Glad to see you and Bart Fraden scurrying around the site. I hope all this makes sense. Let me know if you're exasperated!
--Jbet777 13:17, 6 Jan 2006 (PST)Hi Corncam, The info on the gubernatorial elections, 2006, should be formatted similarly. Maybe what I should do is format what's on the Texas page to conform to how it's done on the gubernatorial elections, 2006 page and format the Texas info to the format of the gubernatorial elections, 2006 page and both pages can link to each other.
--Jbet777 14:21, 5 Jan 2006 (PST)Hi Corncam, I don't think we're working at cross-purposes. Putting 2006 election info in each state's page is important, I think, AND providing an overall nationwide look at the 2006 gubernatorial elections which is what you're doing is a also a great informational tool. I placed a link under elections heading on the Texas page to Texas gubernatorial election, 2006 which is also listed as a link under U.S. elections
Should I just have a Texas elections, 2006 link/subheading, (which would be on the Texas page under the heading Texas elections) and have a link on that Texas elections page to gubernatorial elections, 2006? How does that sound?
We might talk to each other. Are you Drew?--Allamakee Democrat 01:29, 21 March 2006 (PST)
- I have been updating to the best of my knowledge. Everyone loves Mike Blouin but Chet Culver has all the money and political oomph.--Allamakee Democrat 08:10, 21 March 2006 (PST)
Well done Corncam! Great work!
Corncam, please make sure to sign your comments in Talk pages. Use tildes
to get a signature and timestamp. -- Centerfielder 19:14, 18 April 2006 (PDT)
This and that
You, Jbet, and I seem to be the only ones interested in creating hard political articles (elections, candidate bios, etc). The two of us are apparently also the only ones willing to do the hard work to structure state articles in a way that allows easy creation of such articles (my update of the NY legislature was a lot of work).
Part of the problem is that this encyclopedia is little known, and little visited. It also suffers severely comparison to the main wikipedia, in terms of overall quality of articles: lots of people would not take us very seriously. There is also the issue that lots of people treat this as a blog, leaving nearly contextless articles that make no sense at all after two years pass (as with all those 2004 election cycle articles).
The solution, of course, is to recruit additional serious editors. The mentions of dKosopedia on dKos are rather scant, even tho' a link is right up there.
Another thought is a serious email campaign to various Dem web sites bringing ourselves to their attention (I've already started this, to a limited extent), but would like to discuss this approach more. Basically, we have to reach out to non-dKos readers (which largely includes myself: it's a maze of responses of right-now hot topics that decay in interest within days).
I can tell you from experience that there are people who would like easy to print, non-graphic-intensive articles on various candidates (campaign web sites tend to wipe out your color cartridge).
There are a number of other things I'm also thinking about, but these are less pressing.
Why don't you email me? I can be reached thru the sofware here (neither you nor Jbet can, however).--Allamakee Democrat 14:21, 5 May 2006 (PDT)
page name issues
Hi, you're doing great work, but you've been editing pages that have serious dKosopedia:page name issues without renaming them. Please review dKosopedia:page name issue and comment. If you don't agree, say so. If you do agree, please implement the name changes next time you edit the page, or be ready to watch the pages move around possibly breaking some links. It's impossible to ask others to track shifting page names, so it's critical to follow conventions.
When you have time, I would appreciate your comments re: http://www.dkosopedia.com/wiki/dKosopedia_talk:Categorization --SarahLee 11:09, 1 June 2006 (PDT)
Help getting critical mass on CT-Sen FAQ?
Hi...I'm looking to heavily recruit folks to edit the CT-Sen FAQ article, and I'm trying to get a critical mass of editors around it. The idea is that if people see an example of an article that is both really good and really useful to their immediate needs, they would get the value of dkosopedia. Would you consider helping? -- RobLa 22:54, 21 August 2006 (PDT)
- Thanks! -- RobLa 18:58, 22 August 2006 (PDT)
Corncam, I'm about to look into creating a skin for dKosopedia more in line with DailyKos -- orange links and a little smaller font and such -- and defining that as the default skin. Any thoughts, or objections? -- Centerfielder 12:57, 24 August 2006 (PDT)
I understand thanks Monkeyface 09:13, 14 September 2006 (PDT)
Post election reorganization
Hi Corncam, I read your article on reorganization. Your ideas sound great. Give me a little time to respond more thoroughly. I'll be trying to help update state pages with current info and update election pages.
One thought though, watch capitalizations in article titles, see Conserve capitals, (one may get scolded by others)!
I have a tendency to prefer lists rather than tables if the amount of data is small, but that's my preference. Others may think differently. I'll follow any consensus. Thanks for asking! --Jbet777 15:34, 9 November 2006 (PST)
Vote by mail only
Thanks for extending the Vote by mail only page by adding arguments in favor of VBM. I added arguments against it, not because I'm necessarily against VBM (I still haven't made up my mind), but for the sake of completeness. In any case, I'm glad you are participating in the discussion. Wish more would do the same! -- AlanF 08:09, 24 November 2006 (PST)
Corncam, do you think you could spare some of your time in helping Chad get the blue state of Washington organized and better situated on dKosopedia? Maybe we can help each other out with our states or at least help Chad get started? --Jbet777 12:09, 12 June 2007 (PDT)
Mark is here, and corncam is the Steward. Allamakee Democrat has awakened, but then, Senator Clinton is coming here.
--Allamakee Democrat 21:51, 4 October 2007 (PDT)
Can we change the featured article to one about the AG Nominee? I don't know if we have an article about him or not. Chadlupkes 14:12, 2 November 2007 (PDT)